Classroom Management, Monday Musings

To lunch or not to lunch?

Happy Mother’s Day teacher friends!  I hope ya’ll are having a relaxing day spending time with your loved ones!  As you know, I am a fur momma and my Yorkies have been on their best behavior this morning and let me sleep in!

Now that the school year is coming to an end, many teachers are faced with students that are eagerly awaiting the end of the year as much as ahem, teachers are.  They are tired, restless, and oh so ready to sleep in and play all day.   That’s the teachers, imagine the students?!!

Monday Musing #4:  Relationships matter!

The end of the year is bittersweet.  While I am anticipating the end of another school year, I think about the relationships that I have built with my sweet students.  It is difficult to say good-bye.  I have watched them grow physically, emotionally, and academically.  Do I dare say that I look forward to seeing them everyday and am kind of dreading the last day of school?  That is why, especially at the end of the year, it is important to let your students know just how important they are to you.  I find myself eating lunch with the students more as the weeks wain.  The tiny laughs, the silly jokes, and the adorable smiles is what makes my job so delightful.  You see, I do not see is as a chore but an opportunity to stay connected to let the students know that they matter.  Often times we (teachers) are the only positive adult many students have in their lives.  We have worked very hard all year to develop these relationships so the students would like us and want to learn from us because as we have heard time and time again from the amazing TED Talks video, Dr. Rita Pierson says, “Kids can’t learn from teachers they don’t like!”

We love food.  We love socializing.  We love socializing with food!  Lunch is a perfect opportunity to develop those relationships with students.  It can also serve as a learning experience for students to learn table manners and conversations.  When I was growing up, I just loved dinner!  My father would be home from work and we would all sit down to eat.   Years later, I can still recall those special moments.  My first grade teacher, Mrs. Hanna, always ate lunch with us.  I knew then that when I became a teacher, I would channel my inner Mrs. Hanna and I too would have lunch with my students.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I do love eating lunch with my teacher BFFs but there is a special place in my heart for having lunch with my students.  They look forward to it and I get to develop those important relationships that return to me as amazing classroom behavior.

What are your thoughts?  Do you eat with your students?



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